1. Living Legends Foundation Honors Dyana Williams, Frank Ski & More

    October 05, 2019 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Black Music Month co-founder and Influence Entertainment CEO Dyana Williams was presented with the lifetime achievement award at the Living Legends Foundation’s annual awards gala and dinner Friday evening (Oct. 4). Williams was among the 10 honoree ...

  2. Mexicans Listen to More Music Than Global Average, According to New IFPI Report

    September 24, 2019 11:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 People in Mexico listen to 25.6 hours of music a week, surpassing the global average of 18 hours, according to a new survey by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The IFPI's new Music Listening 2019 report found th ...

  3. Haqq Islam, Industry Veteran Behind Dru Hill & Mya, Launches Contra Recordings

    September 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Haqq Islam -- whose University Records signed and developed such gold and platinum-selling acts as Sisqo , Dru Hill and Mya  -- signals his return with a new label called Contra Worldwide Recordings. The New York-based company's roster includes ...

  4. Tencent Flashes Its Growing Sway Over Asian Music Market

    September 19, 2019 7:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 At the All That Matters conference, the Chinese firm unveiled plans to use AI to curate and create music and signing of R3HAB to Liquid State. SINGAPORE — Tencent's deepening influence on the Asian music scene was on display here this week, as ...

  5. Simon Fuller's Global Pop Group Now United Signs Worldwide Deal With AWAL

    September 19, 2019 7:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time, the international band is now streaming on all major platforms. AWAL, music publisher Kobalt’s recording company, has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Simon Fuller ’s global pop group Now United, it was announced Tuesday ( ...

  6. Vinyl Me, Please's Anthology Series Continues With 'The Women of Motown'

    September 19, 2019 5:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mail-order record club Vinyl Me, Please is heading to Hitsville U.S.A. for the second installment in its ongoing VMP Anthology vinyl box set series, each volume of which deep-dives into a specific genre, label or artist.  Available for pre-sale star ...

  7. Universal Music Makes a Bigger Bet on Southeast Asia

    September 17, 2019 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 As part of a regionalization strategy, the label opens new hub in Singapore, and label offices for Def Jam and Astralwerks. SINGAPORE — Universal Music Group is pushing further into Asia, with a new Southeast Asia headquarters here that will feature ...

  8. Post Malone's London Cowboys Signs Aussie Duo Lime Cordiale to Management and Label Deal

    September 16, 2019 8:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brothers Louis and Oli Leimbach have been racking up multiple hits on their home country's Triple J charts. The Australian pop-rock duo Lime Cordiale and their team Chugg Music have signed a management and label deal with Post Malone and his ma ...

  9. Taylor Lindsey Promoted to Senior VP A&R at Sony Music Nashville

    September 16, 2019 7:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sony Music Nashville has promoted Taylor Lindsey to senior vp A&R, the company announced Monday (Sept. 16). Lindsey previously served as vp A&R. “Taylor’s instincts, relationships, and creative standard sets the bar for A&R executives -- ...

  10. BMG Forms Strike Force to Boost UK Artists' Streaming Market Share in US

    September 16, 2019 7:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 The team will be led by longtime U.K. music executive Ian Ramage. BMG has appointed Ian Ramage to head a new strike force for U.K. repertoire in the U.S., the company announced Monday (Sept. 16). The team will address the “emerging gap” for U.K. art ...

  11. Jesse Saint John, Nija Charles & Rick Nowels Share Songwriting Secrets at SONA Summit: 'Just Don't Stop'

    September 16, 2019 3:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The songwriter trio discussed compensation, collaboration and why success doesn't free you of insecurities. "Truth Hurts" co-writer  Jesse Saint John  is at the top of his game right now, as the track charts its third week atop the Bi ...

  12. Hindi Rapper Divine On Why He Signed With Mass Appeal India: 'It's Nas, Bro'

    September 13, 2019 7:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 The new label, announced last month, is a partnership between UMG and New York-based Mass Appeal, co-founded by Nas. MUMBAI — “It’s Nas, bro,” says Indian hip-hop star DIVINE when asked why he decided to return to a major label. “The way I write, th ...

  13. Def Jam Promotes Rodney Shealey to Label's Exec VP, Theda Sandiford to Senior VP Commerce

    September 09, 2019 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Def Jam Recordings has promoted Rodney Shealey to executive vp of the label, company chairman and CEO Paul Rosenberg announced Monday (Sept. 9). Also promoted was Theda Sandiford , who has been named senior vp commerce. “Rodney and Theda are seasone ...

  14. FCC Commissioner Asks RIAA to Investigate Payola Allegations

    September 05, 2019 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 In an official letter sent Wednesday, FCC commissioner Mike O’Rielly asked the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to investigate allegations of payola in the music industry.  "To the extent that payola is currently occurring withi ...

  15. Sony Music U.K. Acquires Kontraband Merchandise Company

    September 05, 2019 2:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sony Music UK has acquired the full-service merchandise company Kontraband, it was announced Wednesday (Sept. 4). The deal will see Kontraband collaborating with all of Sony Music’s labels and artist rosters as well as its U.S. merchandise operation ...

  16. Spain's Music Market Surges in First Half of 2019, With Gains in Digital and Even CDs

    September 04, 2019 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Subscription services reap 41% more income than a year ago in Spain. Music sales in Spain surged some 27% in the first half of 2019, with subscription streaming services income up 41% over the same period in 2018. According to a new report from Span ...

  17. Empire Launches Nashville Division, Hires Eric Hurt as VP A&R

    September 03, 2019 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Independent music label, distributor and publisher Empire has started a Nashville division and hired Eric Hurt as its vp A&R, the company announced Tuesday (Sept. 3). “Empire is built on culture and authenticity,” said Empire CEO and founder Gha ...

  18. BMG Revenue Up Double-Digits in First Half of 2019, Driven By Digital Growth (updating) - updating agains and againssss - test update

    August 29, 2019 3:19 PM EDT BMG garnered €49 million euros ($55.7 million) in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) on revenues of €269 million ($305.8 million) for the six-month period ended June 30, 2019, according to the company's ea ...

  19. Warner Music's ADA Signs Global Distribution Deal with Music Education Non-Profit Nvak

    August 23, 2019 6:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 The company has also inked a worldwide sales and distribution agreement with rock band Incubus. Nvak  -- a non-profit organization that nurtures artists who live in countries experiencing social, political and/or cultural turmoil -- has signed a glo ...

  20. Carlos Vives' 'Fruta Fresca' 20 Years Later: A Song That Started a Movement and 'Represents Us All'

    August 23, 2019 9:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mixing and melding Latin American tropical and folkloric roots music with pop, rock and urban grooves is hardly surprising to us today, but twenty years ago with “Fruta Fresca,” Colombian superstar Carlos Vives wrote the first chapters of that music ...

  21. Warner Records Names Claudia Butzky Senior VP Brand Partnerships, Strategic Marketing & Commercial Sync Licensing

    August 21, 2019 7:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Warner Records has named Claudia Butzky senior vp brand partnerships, strategic marketing and commercial sync licensing, the company announced Wednesday (Aug. 21). In her new role, Butzky will report to Warner Records COO Tom Corson, who serves as c ...

  22. Columbia Records Names Azim Rashid as Senior VP Urban Promotion

    August 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Columbia Records has named Azim Rashid senior vp urban promotion, the company announced Monday (Aug. 19). Rashid will lead that department, which is responsible for Columbia’s roster at urban radio. “Azim is renowned as both a sharp promotion execut ...

  23. Rancho Humilde Label Signs Global Distribution Deal With Cinq Music

    August 16, 2019 10:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 The urban regional Mexican label founded by Jimmy Humilde, Roque Venegas and Jose Becerra reaches fans of corridos around the world, including 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans in the U.S. Jimmy Humilde , the founder and CEO of urban regional ...

  24. Cinq Music Gets $40 Million in Funding From GoDigital Media Group

    August 13, 2019 11:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Funds will go to international expansion, Latin, K-Pop and Afrobeat, among others. Cinq Music, the music company that made waves last year by partnering with Janet Jackson for the release of her single “Made For Now” with Daddy Yankee will receive $ ...

  25. Drag City Shares David Berman Obituary: 'We Miss David Incalculably'

    August 13, 2019 9:02 AM EDT Drag City Records, David Berman's longtime label home, posted a loving obituary of the late Silver Jews /Purple Mountains singer on Monday (Aug. 12), paying homage to the singer's deep, emotional songcraft while encouraging fans struggli ...

  26. Clay Hunnicutt Named GM of Big Machine Records

    August 12, 2019 4:05 PM EDT Jim Weatherson, who is vacating the role, will remain at the label during the transition and then act as consultant and synergy agent. Clay Hunnicutt is joining the Big Machine Label Group team as GM of the Big Machine Records imprint, the company ...

  27. EXO, NCT 127, SHINee & WayV Members Unite for SuperM Supergroup Via Capitol Records & SM Entertainment

    August 07, 2019 6:45 PM EDT SM founder Lee Soo-man described the group as “The Avengers of K-pop” during the announcement at Capitol Congress. SM Entertainment and Capitol Records have partnered to launch a K-pop supergroup featuring members of several SM boy bands this Octo ...

  28. Spotlight: Father/Daughter Records' Jessi Frick & Tyler Andere Provide a Platform for Queer and Non-White Artists

    August 06, 2019 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 “I’ve wanted to create a space here for the kind of world I want to see in the music industry." Over the last nine years, Father/Daughter Records owner Jessi Frick  has put together one of the most diverse artist rosters of any label around. An ...

  29. Spotlight: Father/Daughter Records' Jessi Frick & Tyler Andere Provide a Platform for Queer and Non-White Artists

    August 06, 2019 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 “I’ve wanted to create a space here for the kind of world I want to see in the music industry." Over the last nine years, Father/Daughter Records owner Jessi Frick  has put together one of the most diverse artist rosters of any label around. An ...

  30. Sony Music's Thread Shop Merch Agency Expands With Acquisition of The Araca Group's Division

    August 06, 2019 2:34 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment's leading music merch division, The Thread Shop, has reached a deal to acquire the music merch department of The Araca Group. The New York-based Araca Group, a theatrical production company as well as Broadway, TV and ...

  31. FC Barcelona and Sony Music Partner For 'Entertainment Experiences' Combining Music and Soccer: Exclusive

    August 06, 2019 8:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 The deal combines “big-name football stars and big-name music artists," according to Sony. FC Barcelona will also make use of the Sony Music catalogue for promotional content produced by the club. Sony Music and Fútbol Club Barcelona have inked ...

  32. Vivendi Enters Talks With Tencent to Sell Stake In Universal Music Group

    August 06, 2019 2:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vivendi has entered into preliminary talks with China's Tencent Holdings to sell an initial 10 per cent stake in its Universal Music Group division, the French media giant said Tuesday (Aug. 6). The negotiations are based on a €30 billion ($33 ...

  33. A$AP Rocky Lands in the U.S. Following Incarceration in Sweden

    August 03, 2019 12:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 A$AP Rocky has returned to the United States after a nearly month-long stint behind bars in Sweden. The Harlem rapper was all smiles after stepping off a private jet at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday (Aug. 3), TMZ reports . The site s ...

  34. Wayne Williams on Signing R. Kelly and Why He's Playing 'Wait and See' on Latest Charges: Exclusive Q&A

    August 02, 2019 1:45 PM EDT "I'm not the reason why he exists," says Williams in a rare interview about Kelly, whom he signed to Jive decades ago. "God's the reason why he exists." Almost 30 years ago, a Chicago house music DJ from the Ida B. We ...

  35. Executive Turntable: Moves at BMG, Warner Chappell Music, Audiomack & More

    August 02, 2019 1:10 PM EDT Jason Hradil was promoted to LA-based senior vice president, global repetoire at BMG , the company announced on July 29. In his new role, Hradil will be responsible for marketing all inbound and outbound frontline international repertoire to and f ...

  36. Toronto Rapper KILLY Talks New Deal With Epic Records and His Appreciation For the Simple Things

    August 01, 2019 4:07 PM EDT Armed with an addictive flow and an unmistakable sense of style, Toronto artist KILLY is just getting started. Shortly after releasing his newest project, Light Path 8 , the rapper recently announced he has officially inked a deal with Epic Record ...

  37. How Daddy Yankee and 'Barrio Fino' Redefined Latin Music

    July 31, 2019 4:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fifteen years ago, Raymond Ayala sat listening to the sounds of the streets in the tiny apartment he shared with his wife and three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Cómo le gusta la gasolina!” shouted the voice ...

  38. 16-Year-Old Queer Chicago Rapper Kidd Kenn Signs to Island Records

    July 31, 2019 1:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Openly queer Chicago rapper Kidd Kenn has already been making waves. At just age 16, Kenn has already amassed 118,000 followers on Instagram , performed onstage with hip-hop sensation Kehlani , and even headlined Red Bull Music’s Renaissance One Pri ...

  39. 16-Year-Old Queer Chicago Rapper Kidd Kenn Signs to Island Records

    July 31, 2019 1:22 PM EDT Openly queer Chicago rapper Kidd Kenn has already been making waves. At just age 16, Kenn has already amassed 118,000 followers on Instagram , performed onstage with hip-hop sensation Kehlani , and even headlined Red Bull Music’s Renaissance One P ...

  40. Sony Music Masterworks Acquires Soundtrack Label Milan Records

    July 31, 2019 12:30 PM EDT Sony Music Masterworks has acquired Milan Records, a label for film and TV scores and soundtracks. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but J.C. Chamboredon , senior vp Milan Records and son of company founder Emmanuel Chamboredon will ...

  41. Warner Music Group's ADA Names John Franck Executive VP Commercial & Marketing

    July 30, 2019 2:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) announced on Tuesday (July 30) that John Franck has been named executive vp commercial & marketing. In the newly created role, he will oversee the global commercial relationships, digital marketing and dig ...

  42. Warner Music Group's ADA Names John Franck Executive VP Commercial & Marketing

    July 30, 2019 2:14 PM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) announced on Tuesday (July 30) that John Franck has been named executive vp commercial & marketing. In the newly created role, he will oversee the global commercial relationships, digital marketing and d ...

  43. Cuco Mania Heats Up With Release Of Debut Album 'Para Mi'

    July 29, 2019 8:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the heels of a North American tour this fall, the 21-year-old's album debut on Interscope lit up fans in a series of hometown shows, a key to the city of Hawthorne, a free block party and Amoeba in-store today (July 30). Cuco and his indie-p ...

  44. Did Scooter Braun Overpay for Big Machine Label Group? Not at All

    July 29, 2019 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scooter Braun 's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group -- and the master recordings for Taylor Swift 's first six studio albums -- is music's most compelling transaction so far this year. The $300 million price tag for the Nashville- ...

  45. Did Scooter Braun Overpay for Big Machine Label Group? Not at All

    July 29, 2019 6:57 PM EDT Scooter Braun 's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group -- and the master recordings for Taylor Swift 's first six studio albums -- is music's most compelling transaction so far this year. The $300 million price tag for the Nashvill ...

  46. Why a Former Interscope VP Traded the Music Biz For the Budding Cannabis Industry

    July 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Andrew Mains learned marketing during his eight years at Interscope Records, where as vp digital he worked with artists like 50 Cent and Trent Reznor . Now, after years of working for different startups, he’s putting his expertise to use as a cannab ...

  47. Why a Former Interscope VP Traded the Music Biz For the Budding Cannabis Industry

    July 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT Andrew Mains learned marketing during his eight years at Interscope Records, where as vp digital he worked with artists like 50 Cent and Trent Reznor . Now, after years of working for different startups, he’s putting his expertise to use as a cann ...

  48. Pat Corcoran Teams With Warner Records to Intro New Rap Collective 99 Neighbors

    July 29, 2019 2:08 PM EDT Chance The Rapper 's longtime manager, Pat Corcoran , is embarking on a new challenge. On Monday (July 29), the Nice Work founder announced that he's struck a partnership deal with Warner Records to release the forthcoming debut project ...

  49. Whole Lotta Nostalgia: Inside Veteran Hitmaker Pat Boone's The Gold Label On Its 20th Anniversary

    July 29, 2019 2:00 PM EDT Twenty years ago, Pat Boone was mad as hell. Despite having sold over 45 million records and earning nearly 40 top 40 hits, the singer-songwriter of “Love Letter in the Sand,” “Speedy Gonzalez” and more found himself at the turn of the millennium ...

  50. Cash Money Settles Lawsuit Over Missing Drake Profits

    July 26, 2019 7:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Aspire Music Group, which signed Drake in 2008, had claimed the label failed to pay its due share from the superstar's first six albums. A number of lawsuits over royalties on Drake 's first six albums were officially settled on Friday (Ju ...

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